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ADAM OLSEN – I will be most interested in how the BC NDP government approaches the confluence of urgent crises facing our province

I listened to Elizabeth Weil’s article This isn’t the California I married on The Daily podcast recently. It is well-researched and exhaustive, and I recommend all British Columbians give it a listen. I hope you will invest 40 minutes in this excellent piece.

Writing about elected officials Weil notes, “you’re governing for the world you and your constituents wish you still lived in, a place you may even believe you still inhabit. But it’s gone.”

This was written in the context of forest, specifically landscape and wildfire, management. However, as I look forward to the upcoming Speech from the Throne and Budget 2022, I will be most interested in how the BC NDP government approaches the confluence of urgent crises facing our province.

Are they governing for the world they wished still existed? Or will they finally clearly articulate a vision for how they intend on addressing the present, and how we can build resilience for the future?

This will become much clearer in early February when the BC NDP rolls out their 2022 objectives, plan, and fiscal framework.

Will we continue to see an insular majority government motivated by the pursuit of gaining and maintaining power? Or will the BC NDP acknowledge that with all the challenges we face, there is little usefulness for politicians and political parties to cling to a 20th century style of government that is clearly part of the world we used to live in that is now gone.

We will find out soon whether the leadership they are prepared to provide is the collaborative leadership we need to address the social, environmental, and economic emergencies confronting us.

From the whole team in our Community Office, I wish you the absolute best in 2022 and look forward to connecting with you as the year progresses.

As usual if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at or 250-655-5600.

Adam Olsen,
Green Party MLA
Saanich North and the Islands



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